Court Number One: The Trials and Scandals that Shocked Modern Britain (Paperback)Thomas Grant (author)
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The Old Bailey is home to some of the most notable and scandalous human dramas ever to have occurred in a criminal court. Court Number One is Grant’s magnificent exploration of the trials that transformed British society, featuring traitors, politicians, psychopaths and swindlers.
Court Number One of the Old Bailey is the most famous court room in the world, and the venue of some of the most sensational human dramas ever to be played out in a criminal trial. Itwitnessed the trials of the most famous and infamous defendants of the twentieth century. It was here that the likes of Madame Fahmy, Lord Haw Haw, John Christie, Ruth Ellis, George Blake (and his unlikely jailbreakers, Michael Randle and Pat Pottle), Jeremy Thorpe and Ian Huntley were defined in history, alongside a wide assortment of other traitors, lovers, politicians, psychopaths, spies, con men and - of course - the innocent.
Not only notorious for its murder trials, Court Number One recorded the changing face of modern British society, bearing witness to alternate attitudes to homosexuality, the death penalty, freedom of expression, insanity and the psychology of violence. From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Jeremy Hutchinson's Case Histories, Court Number One is a mesmerising window onto the thrills, fears and foibles of the modern age.
Publisher: John Murray Press
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 34 mm
'A hamper of treats, a series of beautifully judged vignettes ... Grant excels himself ... He is a master at conveying the cut-and-thrust of cross-examination, managing to maintain a sense of speed while making sure the reader does not miss the cultural or legal context. His style is drily witty, but just when you start to think he is a bit too detached from what are, after all, matters of life and death, he soars into a rhetorical flight ... Very moving' - The Sunday Telegraph
'The Old Bailey might be a Jacobean theatre, at times. But like this deceptively thrilling book, it also stands for something very serious' - The Sunday Times
'Excellent ... Thomas Grant offers detailed accounts of 11 cases at the Old Bailey's Court Number One, with protagonists ranging from the diabolical to the pathetic. There is humour ... but this is ultimately an affecting study of how the law gets it right - and wrong' - The Guardian
'Elegantly written, carefully researched' - John Jolliffe, Counsel
'Thrilling ...In meticulous detail Grant rehearses the context and events of each case, the trial proceedings and the ripples they caused beyond the courtroom ... [he] creates a compelling narrative around each' - The Times
'In the old cases outlined, we see recurring human weaknesses that really do tell us as much about our own society as about those of the past.' - The Daily Telegraph
'Grant writes with the style and fluency of a far more experienced author. He makes judicious use of his rich material.' - Michael Beloff, TLS
'Fascinating.' - Literary Review
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